A Year of Excitement

  As the year comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on the progress we’ve made at Microsoft and how it’s made an impact on my life. I’m always impressed with the work we do here at Microsoft (you can see how unbiased I am :)), but this year I’m especially proud to see…


Visual Studio 2010 momentum

Since we launched Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 on April 12th of this year, it has been exciting to see the extremely positive response to the product.  Within six months of the launch date, Visual Studio 2010 usage surpassed all other previous versions of Visual Studio based on usage data collected from customers who…


Imagine Cup "Solve This"

I have been a part of the Imagine Cup since 2003 and every year, am delighted and surprised at how it gets better and better.  This world-wide competition brings together students from all over the world and showcases young developers, designers and IT pros who are using technology as a vehicle for creating change.  The…


Supercomputing 2010

This week at the Supercomputing 2010 conference in New Orleans, we announced Service Pack 1 for Windows HPC Server 2008 R2, which integrates Windows Azure compute cycles with HPC Server. Often, HPC customers are interested in augmenting their on-premises HPC systems with cloud computing resources when bursty workloads create high demand for compute cycles that…


BizSpark Graduation Offer for Startups

In November 2008, we launched Microsoft BizSpark, a three-year program that helps world-wide early-stage startups succeed by providing them the technical resources they need to build successful businesses. After two years, BizSpark has enrolled over 35,000 startups and 2,000 Network Partners, and the response to the program has been extremely positive.  These startups are often…


Silverlight: Lighting up the client

At PDC last week, Scott Guthrie showed some of the great apps developers have already built for Windows Phone 7 using Silverlight, as well as the rich set of development tools we have just delivered for building applications with it.  If you missed PDC, you can view the keynote and other sessions at microsoftpdc.com (in Silverlight of course!)….


Making Asynchronous Programming Easy

Writing applications that effectively handle long latencies can be a daunting challenge.  As software applications grow more complex, more developers are building software that accesses remote resources, performs longer computations, and processes large data sets.  Tasks we used to think of as being quick now may take orders of magnitude longer to complete or may…


On Demand Translation

My blog has been available to Spanish, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese as well as English readers for several years.  The blog entries are translated by volunteers who speak the language.  While this results in high quality translations, sometimes it can take a few days to translate a blog post, and we can’t translate into the…


Windows Phone + VB developers = Great Mobile Apps

11/29/2010 Update: Today we are announcing the final release of Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools.  This release enables you to submit your VB applications to the Windows Phone Marketplace.  Since the CTP, we’ve also added support for French, German, Italian, and Spanish.    Like the CTP, the final release requires Visual Studio Professional,…


Windows HPC Server 2008 R2: The next step in High Performance Computing

Today we released an important component of our Technical Computing initiative: Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite.  Windows HPC Server provides an end-to-end HPC solution that is tightly integrated with the Microsoft IT infrastructure customers already have in place today.  It provides the performance required by the toughest workloads and offers great new capabilities –…